After a keenly contested edition of the MTN Project Fame West Africa Season 5, Ayobami Ayoola has emerged winner of the sensational music reality TV show. As a befitting finale to weeks of hard-work and remodeling, the seven finalists performed their own composed songs to an audience waiting with excitement the eventual unveiling of the winner, last weekend inside the Ultima Studios located in Lekki.
Ayo was outstandingly incredible. Spotting a white suit, the young man was most thrilling with his usual enchanting voice when he performed ‘Na Time’. Rich in Afro-beat, the song itself was a testimony of Ayo’s evolvement in the academy, which was apparent a day earlier when he sang alongside the academy season 3 winner, Chidimma. By emerging the TV reality show winner, Ayo won a recording contract worth #7,000,000 in addition to a Toyota Rav 4 and a cash reward of #2,500,000.
However, the first runner-up position goes to Marvelous Odiete, who was rewarded with #1,500,000 and a Toyota Corolla. Adetoun was the second runner-up. She was rewarded with a Toyota Yaris and #1,000,000. Ella, who was the surprise package of the academy, emerged the third runner-up and cart away #1,000,000.
Some other highlights of the evening were the performances by such established musica stars like Stylplus, Chidimma and Flavour. The musicians added color to the Closing Gala.
The MTN Project Fame West Africa, according to Larry Annette, Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria, is a definition of a company’s commitment to developing the people of its trading environment. For him, the academy gives expression to the talents and aspirations of West African youths who hitherto had no platform to learn and develop their musical talents. MTN Project West African connects youths to their dreams. Examples of youths whom the academy has helped to connect to their dreams are Inyanya, the ‘Kukere’ master; Chidimma who rocked the music industry with her hit song ‘Kedike’ and Monica whose profile is continuously rising.
Moreover, the interesting aspect of this season’s show is the contestants’ evident camaraderie. This season will thus go into record as the most thrilling, expansive and innovative of all past editions.